Friday, July 16, 2010

DIY Paint Chip Game - FREE Game to Entertain Kids in Waiting Rooms, Restaurants, or On the GO!

Life is filled with waiting.
Doctor's Offices, Plane Rides, Restaurants... you get the idea.
Why not make a simple game you can stash in your purse to entertain your kids!

It can be a little more fun if mama has a surprise (or two) up her sleeve (or in her purse)!
Entertaining little ones while waiting for food to arrive
at restaurants can  sometimes present a bit of challenge.

On the rare occasion that we actually  go out to eat with our children,
I try to keep some small and clever distractions 
stashed in my purse to supplement the usual crackers and bread,
or crayons and place mats.

This game was actually inspired by a reader comment from this blog
(thank you Anna!)

one of you said you made a game by laminating color sample chips
to play at restaurants.

Pure genius if you ask me!

I chopped up two identical sets of paint chips for my two girls
(to avoid fights) and stashed them in a small pocket in my purse.

I did not bother laminating them since they are pretty sturdy
and when they get dirty or gross, we can just recycle them!

When we went out to eat with my in-laws in Texas, I dealt a set to each one of my girls.

(photo taken with my phone at the restaurant)

"C" age 3,  really enjoyed sorting the colors,
finding matches, and then playing a memory game with me. 

We just turned over the colors (two of each color) and played several rounds
(happily, I might add) before our delicious food arrived. 
Hooray for happy (and patient!) little ones.

pink and green mama


Judy said...

So simple! What a brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing.

Teacher Tom said...

After your last post about using paint chips I ran out to the hardware store and stocked up, but never did anything with them! Arg!

Thanks for the reminder!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

Gotta love paint chips!! Great game! :-)

Anonymous said...

Readers may not be aware, but you can buy "fan-decks" of paint sample colors ($10 or less), which come with thousands of colors, at the paint or hardware store. Stocking up on paint chip samples with no intention of buying the paint is a pet peeve of mine (and in my opinion, unethical). My husband is a painter, and those samples are not "free" - keeping more samples in stock to replace people taking them forces paint stores/manufacturers to charge more for paint, which hurts the consumer in the end. I love crafting with paint samples myself and love the ideas on this blog, so I wanted to share this little tip.

pink and green mama MaryLea said...


Thank you for sharing this idea-- I always "recycle" my paint sample books/fans this way! : )

pink and green mama

twolittleseeds said...

Love this!!

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Anna said...

I'm so glad your kiddies enjoyed playing with them at mealtime, too!

Thanks for sharing our idea. :)

@Anon - Thanks for the head's up about the fan book of colors. I will for sure buy one for a large project I have in mind! We renovate houses, and buy about 15 gallons of paint every few months. I've always let the kids pick a few samples each time we go, and that's where our idea sprung.

camille creates said...

Awesome idea!
Cheers, Camille

Anonymous said...

At nature camp we play hide and seek with paint samples. Let one team (or one child) hide the chips in the backyard. Then the other team (or child) seeks out the chips like an egg hunt. Easy and fun for the 8 yrs and under crowd. If you want you can talk about why many animals are green and brown and why they blend in.

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